Youngsters riding on the Topsham Castle float at lat year's Topsham Carnival Procession. Organisers are concerned that there are barely any entries for this year's procession. Photo by Simon Horn. Ref ext 3249-35-12SH To order your copy of this photograph visit www.exmouthjournal.co.uk and click on myphotos24
Friday, August 16, 2013
ORGANISERS of Topsham Town Fayre are urging local people – and others – to enter a float into this year’s carnival procession.
With Topsham Town Fayre 2013 fast approaching this Saturday (August 17), the committee is concerned that there are barely any entries for the procession, which brings the town’s week-long festivities to a close the following Saturday (August 24).
“We’re disappointed that we have had no local entries,” said Shirley Hack, chair of Topsham Town Fayre committee. “I’ve no idea why that is.”
Shirley said at the end of last year’s carnival, a number of people were enthusiastic and indicated that they were going to create a float, but those plans haven’t materialised.
“We sent out quite a few entry forms to carnival people and so on, but we’re still hoping we’ll get a reply,” said Shirley.
The good news is that there’s still time to pull your carnival procession entry together. Teams can enter right up until 6.30pm on Friday, August 23. Lorries are also available, courtesy of local transport firm Parsons.
For more details and entry form, call 01392 875563 or email email@example.com
Entry forms are filling up more quickly for other events during the week, including the dog show (Tuesday, August 20) and the famous Topsham Pub-A-Thon (Wednesday, August 21).
Other highlights include riverside activities with the annual Topsham to Turf Ferryman’s Swim (Saturday August 17), the return of the Topsham Allotments and Garden Society Flower and Vegetable Show (Sunday, August 18), the crowning of the Topsham Royal Family (Monday, August 19), the Town Fayre Musical Extravaganza (Tuesday, August 20) and the Town Fayre Quiz (Thursday, August 22).
“We’re really looking forward to the whole week,” said Shirley. “The one thing that we do pray for is dry weather. We don’t care if it’s hot and sunny, as long it’s dry.
“Events like the dog show are so much better outside than inside. If you’ve got to take things inside, you lose the atmosphere a bit. So yes, dry weather, please!”